CHAPEL HILL Durham Riverside claimed a 17-14 come-from-behind high school football win in overtime at Chapel Hill despite five fumbles.
It was offense, but defense that made the difference. The Pirates stopped the Tigers on a fourth-and-goal play for the victory.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys,” said Riverside coach David Hackney, whose team went 1-9 in 2012. “The last time we won here I was the wide receivers coach, so we know what this means.”
Riverside trailed 14-7 with 10 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game. The Pirates drove 64 yards on five plays that culminated in senior running back Joel Evans’ 3-yard run to tie the game with 4:14 left.
Evans had a stellar night, carrying the ball 26 times for 195 yards and both Pirates touchdowns.
“He’s special,” Hackney said. “He wanted to be a leader on offense and he did that tonight.”
The Tigers had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation after Coby Fisher recovered Riverside’s fifth fumble at the Chapel Hill 20. The drive stalled at the 6-yard line, setting up a 23-yard field-goal attempt by kicker Connor Albrecht that was blocked as time expired.
The Tigers won the toss in overtime and deferred. Chapel Hill’s defense pushed the Pirates backed from the 10-yard line to 4th-and-19, setting up kicker Micah Goodwin’s 36-yard attempt that barely cleared the crossbar.
Chapel Hill ran three straight running plays by senior running back Jeremy Peck, who finished with 109 yards on 28 carries, and coach Issac Marsh said the fourth-down play was designed for Peck again. Instead, quarterback Grant Deselm tried a quarterback sneak that was stopped by Marcus Willoughby.
Carrboro 36, Cedar Ridge 19
HILLSBOROUGH Carrboro dominated the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves 36-19 in its season opener Friday night, but Jaguars coach Jason Tudryn said even that result was a wake-up call for his team.
“We’re not a real good team right now, flat-out,” he said. “We turned the ball over too many times, too many penalties, too many mistakes. We’ve got to get a lot better, because the road’s going to get a lot more challenging.”
The Jaguars lost just once last season, and that was in the NCHSAA Class 2A finals.
Carrboro led just 13-12 at halftime, but in the third quarter, the Jaguars again looked like players used to winning, with Trai Sharp scoring three times in the period.
“We were up by one, and they were really upset about that,” Tudryn said. “They see the headlines; they read all the media, and they think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. But it’s not 2012 anymore.”
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